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Cashless Society, Negative Interest Rates and Hyperinflation – Part 2
Singapore, Brunei, and the $10,000 banknote

Singapore, Brunei, and the $10,000 banknote

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  • author JP Koning
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This post talks about Singapore and Brunei's $10,000 note, the most valuable banknote denomination in the world. It delves into the historical monetary relationship between the two nations. Continue Reading arrow

Sovereign Money Referendum: A Swiss Awakening to Fractional-Reserve Banking?
Investing in the Noble Metal of Platinum
Gold and the Monetary Blockade on Iran

Gold and the Monetary Blockade on Iran

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  • author JP Koning
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Gold was used as an intermediary commodity for evading sanctions imposed on Iran, particularly in 2012-13. Gold has certain properties, including a high value-to-weight ratio and good liquidity, that made it convenient. Given that sanctions will probably be reimposed, what will gold's role be in the next round of Iranian sanctions? Continue Reading arrow

Gold Market Charts – May 2018
The future of Cash: Iceland vs Sweden

The future of Cash: Iceland vs Sweden

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  • author JP Koning
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When people think about the future of cash, an increasingly cash-lite Sweden is one of the benchmarks that is often brought up. Yet Iceland should not be ignored, since not only does it lead Sweden in digital payments adoption, but it is also experiencing a resurgence in cash usage. Continue Reading arrow

Customer Order Number 100,000 at BullionStar
BullionStar adds Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin as Payment Options and Currencies
Turkey and Russia Highlight Gold’s Role as a Strategically Important Asset
Types of Gold Standards

Types of Gold Standards

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  • author JP Koning
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From one version of the gold standard to the next, society benefited from the price stability afforded by a link to gold while being liberated from some of the metal's inconvenient physical burdens. Continue Reading arrow

Spoofing Futures and Banging Fixes: Same Banks, Same Trading Desks
US Gold and Silver Futures Markets -
China’s Secret Gold Supplier Is Singapore

China’s Secret Gold Supplier Is Singapore

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  • author Koos Jansen

Singapore has been a major gold supplier to China since 2013, which was previously not publicly known. According to Statlink, Singapore net exported 102 tonnes to China in 2017, a record year and up 177 % from 2016. In total China net imported an estimated 1,082 tonnes in 2017, while SGE(I) withdrawals accounted for 2,030 tonnes. Continue Reading arrow

Audits Of US Monetary Gold Severely Lack Credibility
Central Banks Care about the Gold Price – Enough to Manipulate it!
Money as a Measuring Stick

Money as a Measuring Stick

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  • author JP Koning
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Imagine if the world's metre sticks all grew or shrunk a bit each year. That would make for a confusing system of weights and measures, wouldn't it? Well, that is exactly what happens with money. This post looks at the history of the Pound, the weight and the currency, right up to the modern day Pound Sterling. Continue Reading arrow

Why the World’s Central Banks hold Gold – In their Own Words
BullionStar Wins First Place in Bullion Directory’s 2018 Awards
LBMA Alchemy and the London Gold and Silver Markets: 2 Steps Back
Why QE didn’t send gold up to $20,000

Why QE didn’t send gold up to $20,000

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  • author JP Koning
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Because quantitative easing created trillions in new dollars, many people thought that this would lead to a hyperinflation and a much higher gold price. Yet this didn't happen. This post explores why. Continue Reading arrow

The Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin
The Celebration of Chinese New Year
The Role of Gold as Turmoil hits wider Financial Markets
Should we Restore the Gold Standard?
What’s Happening (or Not) at the LBMA: Some Updates
Your Weight in Gold
Bitcoin backwardation, gold contango
US Gold Reserves, Of Immense Interest to Russia and China
Why does money inflate?

Why does money inflate?

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  • author JP Koning
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People who live in developed nations have grown used to inflation of around 2% a year over the last few decades. Why do prices generally rise by that amount? What drives the purchasing power of money in these countries? This post explores the last thousand years of monetary history--and three different sorts of monetary systems--to help understand the causes of inflation. Continue Reading arrow

Gold Market Charts – December 2017
The 5 Largest Gold Nuggets that Still Exist
Gold for Christmas – Gold’s Importance in Religion
The Most Outlandish Gold Products You Can Buy
Gold Demand in the Singapore Bullion Market
Mustafa Centre: Gold in Singapore
Bitcoin isn’t Digital Gold, it’s Digital Uselesstainium
Gold Market Charts – November
Russia, China and BRICS: A New Gold Trading Network
Eat Gold

Eat Gold

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  • author BullionStar
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A common phrase in the mainstream financial media is that ‘you can’t eat gold”. This claim is usually trotted out by CNBC and Bloomberg talking-heads as a way of disparaging the benefits of investing gold in times of crisis. But the claim is both wrong and misleading, because you actually can eat gold. And drink it too.

Furthermore, Wall Street and its cheerleaders are... Continue Reading arrow

Buy Silver Bullion in Singapore

Buy Silver Bullion in Singapore

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  • author BullionStar
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Singapore offers a number of benefits when buying and storing silver. In Singapore, the majority of silver bullion bars and silver bullion coins from the world’s major mints and refineries are exempt from Goods and Services Tax (GST). There are also no taxes or duties on the import or export of silver. Singapore is also … Continue Reading arrow

Store Gold in Minced Meat? 26 Ways to Store Gold
28 Reasons to Buy Physical Gold
Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe – It’s back, but maybe not for long
China Gold Import Jan-Sep 797t. Who’s Supplying?
LME gold and silver Reference Prices: Will anyone notice?
Gold Market Charts – October 2017
Degussa Singapore Closing its BullionStore
Neck and Neck: Russian and Chinese Official Gold Reserves
The Gold-Backed-Oil-Yuan Futures Contract Myth
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